Google drops Google account requirement for Chrome browser app installs

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Google made a change to the Chrome Web Store that makes it a little easier for users of the Chrome browser to install apps from the Web Store. Up until now, installation of apps required a Google account, even free apps. For users who only occasionally use the Chrome browser and don’t make use of other Google services, this could be a hurdle to just testing something out. Google’s change will now let users install free apps without being logged in with a Google account.

The change does not apply to paid apps though. This makes sense since Google needs to collect payment and their ecosystem is setup to do that using a Google account.

For developers, this does mean they will need to factor in the possibility that a user is not logged in to a Google account when using the app.

source: +François Beaufort

LG now including extra battery and charging cradle with purchase of new G3

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According to a LG press release, the company will now be including an extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3.

The promotional period starts today, but only goes until Sept. 22, so you have some time to decide if you want to go in on the G3.

The free extra battery and charging cradle are valued at a total of $70, so this is a pretty solid offering from LG.

Source: PR Newswire

Trolltastic: Sony, HTC rip into Apple’s advertising campaign on Twitter

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With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.

Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”

HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party ,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.

You can check both tweets out after the break.


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Motorola responds to Moto 360 battery discrepancy

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Earlier today iFixit reported on the results of their teardown of the Motorola Moto 360. Achieving a score of only 3 out of 10 for repairability, Motorola was in for more criticism when the iFixit team noted the battery was labeled as 300mAh. This was at odds with Motorola’s stated specs for the device indicating it had a 320mAh battery. That is not a big difference, but given the battery already appears to be a weak point for the device, this discrepancy did not help and set off a mini-firestorm of complaints around the Internet. Motorola has now responded to explain the discrepancy.
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Sprint promises to match or better competing trade-in offers

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Sprint is the next company to offer highly competitive trade-in offers after T-Mobile launched its program on Monday. The carrier will now offer up to $300 to be put towards a new device or account credit when giving up an old one. A total of five devices per line can be used as a trade-in for a single calendar year. And three devices can be used at a single time to really maximize the trade-in value. If a customer has received a better trade-in offer, Sprint will either match it or better it.

Hit the break for download links.


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Netflix post-play features finally come to Chromecast

netflix_web_logoNetflix has been teasing that they were planning on bringing the post-play features of TV episodes to Chromecast streaming, and it looks like that’s finally happened. Now you’ll be able to quickly play the next episode from your phone without having to wait for the credits to roll, or to grab your phone, back out to the episode menu and manually pick the next episode. The feature is available to almost all smartphones and tablets, and PC support should be on its way soon.

Why not go binge watch an entire season of your favorite show to celebrate?

source: Netflix

LG G Watch dips to $179 price tag on Google Play

LG_G_Watch_officialIf you’ve been keeping up with the tech world today, you’ve likely heard about Apple’s entry into the smartwatch game. Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably tend to swing on the Android side of the fence, so you’d be much more interested in an Android Wear device over an Apple Watch. Fortunately, LG has you covered.

In honor of Apple’s announcement, the price of the LG G Watch on Google Play has taken a price cut down to just $179. This matches the Best Buy deal we saw on this watch not too long ago, and it’s still a great value for what you get. The deal runs through September 23rd, so you don’t have to jump on it immediately, but I would keep an eye on stock over the next few days.
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iFixit tears down the Moto 360, finds an extremely difficult to repair watch

Moto 360 Front GrayAs usual, iFixit has torn down a Moto 360 to get a good look at its internals and see just how easy it’ll be to repair. Typically, we see that smaller devices that lack removable backs or batteries are the most complex to repair, and unfortunately, that holds true with the Moto 360.

The watchband on the device is the easiest part of the device to replace, although Motorola claims that you’ll need to take the watch to a jeweler to have it swapped out. iFixit found that it’s easy enough with a pair of tweezers, so some of the more handy users will likely be able to take care of that on their own.
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Sony now rolling out Android 4.4.4 to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

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According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.

The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.

Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:


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New leaked image of Android L shows possible UI refinements

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A new image of a device running what appears to be a new build of Android L reveals some minor tweaks to the user interface.  The photo is of a Nexus 5 running a version of Android with build number LRW66E which appears to have been created on September 4th. Along with the information gleaned from the shot of the screen on the Nexus 5, information in Google’s bug tracker shows the name of the phone including this bit – “LMP.” Could that be a reference to “Lemon Meringue Pie” suggesting the “Lion” information that has surfaced is just to throw people off the scent?
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